Mother of eastern Indiana jail escape faces charge


CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have arrested the mother of one of two escapees from an eastern Indiana jail.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 60-year-old Paula Potters of Connersville faces a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal for providing food and clothing to Michael Roberts after he and her son, Chadwick Heath, escaped the county jail Friday night. Under Indiana law, Potters cannot be charged with helping her son evade arrest.

Authorities focused their search for the two on the Dayton, Ohio, area after a truck the two might have used was discovered there Sunday night.

The sheriff’s office is offering $1,000 rewards for information leading to the capture of Roberts and Heath.

Roberts was being held on burglary and theft charges and Heath on drug-dealing charges.

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